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    Feeling Spiritual Can Be Idolatry


    Gleaned From: That Worship Feeling.

    “Sometimes, contemplatives think that the whole end and essence of their [spiritual] life is to be found in meditation and interior peace and the sense of the presence of God. They become attached to these things. But recollection and meditation are just as much creatures as an automobile. The sense of interior peace is no less created than a bottle of wine. The experiential ‘awareness’ of the presence of God is just as truly a created thing as a glass of beer. The only difference is that recollection, meditation, and interior peace – and the sense of the presence of God – are spiritual pleasures and the other are material. Attachment to spiritual things is therefore just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else. The imperfection may be more hidden, more subtle, or seemingly more ‘excusable’; but from a certain point of view, that only makes it all the more harmful because it is even more difficult to recognize or deal with.”

    -Thomas Merton, Seeds of Contemplation

    This is one incredible quotation and it is a challenge to all of us who long for spiritual experiences and spiritual feelings.

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    Today’s Tweets! ( 2009-02-27 )

      <li>"Finished cleaning out my inbox! That is, I sorted it all down to the 41 emails I need to do something with tomorrow." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1252598106">#</a></li>
      <li>"Safari4 Beta   custom CSS file = no ads atop myspace anymore. WOOHOO!" <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1252746043">#</a></li>
      <li>"" <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1252746416">#</a></li>
      <li>"Safari4 Beta   custom CSS file = no ads atop myspace anymore. WOOHOO!" <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1252748151">#</a></li>
      <li>"Currently running Windows 7 but not playing with it. Just trying to do some work and see if it works!" <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1254953413">#</a></li>
      
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    Today’s Tweets! ( 2009-02-26 )

      <li>"I am going to bed... I know it's uber-late, but I wanted to make sure everything was ready for Commitment Sunday!" <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1188264649">#</a></li>
      <li>"Something amazing is about to happen. For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully co ... <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1188741564">#</a></li>
      <li>"We had a great day this morning at church. 13 Baptized, 152 Attended, 3 Children Dedicated, $2500 Given, 60  Committed... Read the blog ... <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1190880644">#</a></li>
      <li>"Tonight, I used Ubuntu to help a friend back up his Vista machine so he could re-install Vista again because Vista won't upgrade when b ... <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1194610775">#</a></li>
      <li>...because Vista won't upgrade when booted from the DVD. What the monkey? <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1194617546">#</a></li>
      <li>"On Fri, 13 Feb 2009 18:31:30 -0500 EST, in only 2 days, 2 hours, 51 minutes, 54 seconds, Unix computers will think the time is 1234567890!" <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1200283348">#</a></li>
      <li>"Just found out about wikidBASE a cool database system for the uneducated... Wondering if it would be good for a church..." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1203227461">#</a></li>
      <li>"Bring back the memories! (You had to be there... or know McBride) <a href="http://tinyurl.com/bsm2dx" rel="nofollow">http://tinyurl.com/bsm2dx</a> <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1211464131">#</a></li>
      <li>"bought a Microsoft comfort keyboard for the hopefully better ergonomics... trying to get used to the keys being millimeters away from w ... <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1216645881">#</a></li>
      <li>"Put some time into my novel today... the current chapter is really slow work... getting ready for worship practice now." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1216891266">#</a></li>
      <li>"Kids are about to come home, but I wanted to finish some modifications to Bible 101... time for a cup of coffee." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1228014450">#</a></li>
      <li>"just discovered @<a href="http://twitter.com/connexionlines">connexionlines</a> and @<a href="http://twitter.com/jasongordon">jasongordon</a> planting a church here in Lafayette. It looks exciting." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1232174560">#</a></li>
      <li>"@<a href="http://twitter.com/jasongordon">jasongordon</a> we gotta meet sometime!" <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1232178376">#</a></li>
      <li>"Band practice today went really well. I'm totally excited about what God is going to do through our service tomorrow." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1235310340">#</a></li>
      <li>@<a href="http://twitter.com/Coach_Mark">Coach_Mark</a> praying for you... <a href="http://twitter.com/Coach_Mark/statuses/1235554889">in reply to Coach_Mark</a> <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1235643929">#</a></li>
      <li>@<a href="http://twitter.com/Coach_Mark">Coach_Mark</a> the thing about Satan of course is that he hates it when something amazing is about to happen. But despite him, it does. <a href="http://twitter.com/Coach_Mark/statuses/1235554889">in reply to Coach_Mark</a> <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1235649642">#</a></li>
      <li>"listening to \"Beautiful\" by Phil Wickham... never before thought of Oooooooh as a valid lyric for worship." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1235801426">#</a></li>
      <li>"Just finished my notesheet and my presentation file... and I thought I had nearly finished everything on Tuesday!" <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1236134702">#</a></li>
      <li>"now... bedtime." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1236173937">#</a></li>
      <li>"Great Sunday today... a wonderful church, a fun afternoon, Naand now I get to avoid the Academy Awards!" <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1239549638">#</a></li>
      <li>"Wondering whether spending money that you don't have can ever work to dig yourself out of a financial hole." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1247859564">#</a></li>
      
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    How to Teach Busy Kids about God

    On that day tell your son, “I do this because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.” — Exodus 13:8

    “My kids are too busy!”

    Our world is putting increasingly large burdens on our children. Whatever happened to the days when children would come home from school at 2 or 3 in the afternoon and play baseball together in the park, build forts in the woods, or explore the wonders of a nearby creek? These days, it seems that children are busy from sun-up to sun-down. Continue reading

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    You need a foundation not feelings

    I’ve been doing some thinking recently about where spiritual beliefs come from, and just recently, I had a kind of epiphany. Let’s see if I can explain it:

    It all came about because I was having a conversation with a man who was telling me about his faith journey. His story is that he had done a lot of research into all manner of different religious schools of thought. He had been raised in a Methodist home, but had explored Eastern religions and such. At any rate, he settled into a faith that is mostly about “going with the flow” of life and finding harmony with nature. But what intrigued me the most about his journey was the fact that at key moments in his journey, he picked the path that “felt right” to him at the time. Continue reading

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  • twitter

    Tweets! ( 2009-02-22 )

      <li>"bought a Microsoft comfort keyboard for the hopefully better ergonomics... trying to get used to the keys being millimeters away from w ... <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1216645881">#</a></li>
      <li>"Put some time into my novel today... the current chapter is really slow work... getting ready for worship practice now." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1216891266">#</a></li>
      <li>"Kids are about to come home, but I wanted to finish some modifications to Bible 101... time for a cup of coffee." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1228014450">#</a></li>
      <li>"just discovered @<a href="http://twitter.com/connexionlines">connexionlines</a> and @<a href="http://twitter.com/jasongordon">jasongordon</a> planting a church here in Lafayette. It looks exciting." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1232174560">#</a></li>
      <li>"@<a href="http://twitter.com/jasongordon">jasongordon</a> we gotta meet sometime!" <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1232178376">#</a></li>
      <li>"Band practice today went really well. I'm totally excited about what God is going to do through our service tomorrow." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1235310340">#</a></li>
      <li>@<a href="http://twitter.com/Coach_Mark">Coach_Mark</a> praying for you... <a href="http://twitter.com/Coach_Mark/statuses/1235554889">in reply to Coach_Mark</a> <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1235643929">#</a></li>
      <li>@<a href="http://twitter.com/Coach_Mark">Coach_Mark</a> the thing about Satan of course is that he hates it when something amazing is about to happen. But despite him, it does. <a href="http://twitter.com/Coach_Mark/statuses/1235554889">in reply to Coach_Mark</a> <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1235649642">#</a></li>
      <li>"listening to \"Beautiful\" by Phil Wickham... never before thought of Oooooooh as a valid lyric for worship." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1235801426">#</a></li>
      <li>"Just finished my notesheet and my presentation file... and I thought I had nearly finished everything on Tuesday!" <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1236134702">#</a></li>
      <li>"now... bedtime." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1236173937">#</a></li>
      
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    Questions About The Secret

    Recently, I got this question from a member of our church and thought my response might help others too. Here’s the question:

    Jeff-

    I received an email from a Ukrainian student that was my roommate.
    She was on the border of accepting Christ but she recently wrote me
    about how she saw this movie called the Secret and how it changed her
    life. Do you know what the teachings are of “the Secret”? I don’t
    know how to respond to her.

    I’m familiar with the teachings and I have watched the movie… Here’s the gist of it. Continue reading

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  • Geekery

    Elvis McNeely on Drupal

    I just got a phone call from a guy in town whose name was so interesting I had to call him back. Anyway, Elvis of http://www.elvisblogs.org is a Drupal developer here in town who is hosting a Drupal Meetup and he wanted to know if I was interested in it.

    I used to use drupal way back in the early days of our church planting adventure and you can still see the remnants of it at http://thesouthsidechurch.org/main/ but I moved away from it because of frustrations with the platform.

    Anyway, now that I know there are Drupal addicts here in town, I may take a second look at the platform and also make some friends in the process.

    Looking forward to meeting you in person Elvis!

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  • twitter

    Tweets! ( 2009-02-15 )

      <li>"We had a great day this morning at church. 13 Baptized, 152 Attended, 3 Children Dedicated, $2500 Given, 60  Committed... Read the blog ... <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1190880644">#</a></li>
      <li>"Tonight, I used Ubuntu to help a friend back up his Vista machine so he could re-install Vista again because Vista won't upgrade when b ... <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1194610775">#</a></li>
      <li>...because Vista won't upgrade when booted from the DVD. What the monkey? <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1194617546">#</a></li>
      <li>"On Fri, 13 Feb 2009 18:31:30 -0500 EST, in only 2 days, 2 hours, 51 minutes, 54 seconds, Unix computers will think the time is 1234567890!" <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1200283348">#</a></li>
      <li>"Just found out about wikidBASE a cool database system for the uneducated... Wondering if it would be good for a church..." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1203227461">#</a></li>
      <li>"Bring back the memories! (You had to be there... or know McBride) <a href="http://tinyurl.com/bsm2dx" rel="nofollow">http://tinyurl.com/bsm2dx</a> <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1211464131">#</a></li>
      
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    2009 Commitment Sunday

    (Cross-posted at lafayettecommunitychurch.com. )

    Yesterday was one incredible Sunday! For those of you who want to get the bullets first, here are the statistics on Lafayette Community Church’s 2009 Commitment Sunday:

    • 13 people were baptized.
    • 3 children were dedicated.
    • 152 people were in attendance.
    • $2500 (roughly) was donated.
    • 59 people signed the Community Commitment
    • 8 people signed the Associate’s Commitment

    Now for the details. Continue reading

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